The Franklin Affair: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, 26.04.2005 - 224 Seiten
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jim Lehrer's Tension City.

“Three may keep a secret if two of ’em are dead.”
–Poor Richard’s Almanack[pg. 27 of mss]

R Taylor arrives in Philadelphia for the funeral of his longtime friend Dr. Wally Rush with a heavy heart. Not only has the world lost one of its preeminent, Pulitzer Prize—winning American Revolution historians, but R has lost his mentor, the man who led him to devote his life’s work to the study of “The First American,” Benjamin Franklin. The bond between them was sealed when R did Wally a favor that could never be revealed. But Wally saved one final secret for R, disclosed in a letter conveyed by the will’s executor.

Written in the slow, painful script of the professor’s last days, the note delivers an incredible bombshell. Wally, it seems, had stumbled upon twelve handwritten pages in a code commonly used by spies during the revolutionary war. The pages refer to George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison, and level a shocking charge–that Benjamin Franklin committed a heinous crime.

Wally, not wanting to foul the image of his lifelong hero, had kept this monumental secret until his death. But as R races to unravel the mystery, he faces an onslaught of obstacles. Vicious blackmail, a threat of sabotage against his own career, and grave personal doubts threaten to overtake R as he struggles with a discovery that has the potential to completely alter the fabric of American history.

Rich with revelations, rife with the darkest depths of deceit and mystery, and enlightened by the unparalleled insights of America’s first patriots, The Franklin Affair is a tense, constantly surprising novel about the ultimate quest for truth and justice.

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THE FRANKLIN AFFAIR

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A diversion about scholars of early American history who venerate Ben Franklin—who may have been as unscrupulous as many of them seem to be.Glamorous Rebecca Kendall Lee, popular historian and TV ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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R. Taylor arrives in Philadelphia for the funeral of his longtime friend Dr. Wally Rush with a heavy heart. Not only has the world lost one of its preeminent, Pulitzer Prize-winning American ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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3
Abschnitt 2
11
Abschnitt 3
27
Abschnitt 4
37
Abschnitt 5
47
Abschnitt 6
56
Abschnitt 7
72
Abschnitt 8
86
Abschnitt 10
124
Abschnitt 11
140
Abschnitt 12
156
Abschnitt 13
169
Abschnitt 14
180
Abschnitt 15
194
Abschnitt 16
204
Urheberrecht

Abschnitt 9
103

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Über den Autor (2005)

This is JIM LEHRER’s fifteenth novel. He is also the author of two memoirs and three plays and is the executive editor and anchor of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his novelist wife, Kate. They have three daughters.

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